- A Soviet-made Mikoyan-Gurevich (MiG-21) Guinean military plane crashed into a building that hosts Guinea’s state broadcasting centre on Monday.
The building was set on fire but there was no casualty, much to the relief of residents of the capital Conakry.
According to a Guinean journalist – Makale Soumah – who works at the state TV – the incident resulted to fire on the roof of the building.
“Fire fighters are busy quenching the fire,” she said, confirming that at the time of the incident, nobody was inside the building. “So nobody was injured or dead.”
However, there were reports that a single person was injured after he was hit by a policeman’s club who was asking people to evacuate the scene so that fire fighters would easily storm the area.
There were fears that the United States embassy which is not far from the state broadcaster may have been harmed. But a spokesman of the embassy said that was not the case. He said nobody was hurt in the embassy premises and that there was no damage to its structures either.
The US mouthpiece preferred to reserve comments on what might have been the cause of the crash.
The pilot of the Guinea Air Forces’ MiG-21 escaped harm after he quickly got out and use parachutes.
MiG-21 is a single-seater Russian fighter plane with more than 10,000 types being manufactured.
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